PETALING JAYA: An infrastructure maintenance service firm has apologised for the actions of its crew who dragged the carcass of a dog along the North South Expressway (NSE) in Penang, saying that the team in question has been suspended.
"Edgenta Propel Bhd would like to apologise and express our deep regret for the inadvertent action of our staff for dragging the remains of a dog at KM136.8 (South Bound) on the NSE," it said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 25).
It added that its Intervention Team (PIT) received a report at 1.12pm about the remains of a dog seen on the fast lane of the NSE.
"They were deployed to clear the remains, which was to pick up the carcass and put it on the back of the lorry to be buried.
"Animal remains are often found and cleared by the PIT crew in accordance with standard procedures," it said.
However, it was now investigating the reason for the action taken by the crew in the incident.
Pending the completion of the probe, the crew had been suspended, said the company.
The issue came attention after the Malaysian Animal Association (MAA) posted a picture of a dog being dragged by a maintenance lorry along a road in Penang, and this sparked outrage among the public.
Many condemned the actions of the crew, thinking the dog was possibly still alive.